BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Black Friday is a day away and the Boca Raton Police Department is preparing to stop thievery and thuggery before it happens. With a major mall, hundreds of retail locations and a slightly older demographic, there’s lots of opportunity for those up to no good to prey upon those who least expect it.
To that end, the PD is launching a new crime prevention campaign. Here are the details:
The day after Thanksgiving, traditionally known as “Black Friday”, is historically one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Starting this week and continuing through mid-January, officers from the Boca Raton Police Services Department will step up marked and unmarked vehicle patrols, bicycle patrols and other surveillance in retail areas throughout the City.
In addition, the Boca Raton Police will kick off the “If Not You, Then Who?” campaign. The campaign emphasizes the importance of everyone keeping alert and reporting suspicious activity. Many of the arrests made this year in the City of Boca Raton have been made with the assistance of citizens calling in suspicious activity.
The “If Not You, Then Who?” campaign will continue to raise safety awareness throughout the City beyond the holiday season.
Also, the Crime Prevention Unit of the Boca Raton Police Services Department urges everyone to take extra steps to remain safe this holiday shopping season. Some of those steps include:
- Use the buddy system when shopping and stay alert! Awareness is key is staying safe. Reduce distractions and avoid using your cell phone while walking in parking lots.
- Always watch your purse and make sure its contents, especially wallets, are not visible or accessible to others. Thieves are looking for wallets to steal from purses when their owners are not paying attention.
- Limit the amount of cash, credit cards, and other valuables that you carry to minimize potential loss.
- Do not overload yourself with packages. Use will call and curbside package pick-up services.
- Do not make multiple trips to the parking lot to leave purchases in your car. Thieves often loiter in parking lots and watch as shoppers place purchases in their vehicle, then break into your car and steal your items.
- Go directly home after making large or expensive purchases, such as computers or televisions. Be alert in case you are followed.
Have your cell phone handy in case of emergency and remember: Watch you bag, Boca!
Are you witnessing potential criminal activity?
Did you know that many criminal cases have been solved and arrests made because citizens have called the Boca Raton Police Department to report suspicious persons or activity? Your phone calls DO make a difference! Call 561-368-6201 or 911 if you see any of the following:
- Vehicles circling or driving slowly through the area.
- People loitering or whom you dont recognize.
- Strange vehicles backed up to a garage door in a residential area.
- Unknown persons walking behind, or seen emerging from, the rear of a home or closed business.
- Someone attempting to hide behind trees or shrubbery.
- Persons lifting up door handles or looking into vehicle windows (in parking lots, at beaches, parks, schools, malls, etc.)
If it doesnt look right, it probably isnt. Call us right away. You can meet with an officer or choose to remain anonymous.